THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: CPM’s Thumburmuzhy aerobic bins seem to be no one’s baby. A majority of the aerobic bins installed by the city corporation were sponsored by private parties and located on puramboke land.
The civic body is unable to maintain most of the bins as it’s unauthorised to spend public money on private properties or properties not owned by them.
The sustainability of the Thumburmuzhy bins is at stake as daily maintenance is key to its success. However, the LDF-led front continues to install more aerobic bins.
So far, the civic body had established around 240 aerobic bins in various parts of the city, and over 60 percent of the bins are located in puramboke. Most of the bins were installed in PWD puramboke.
A top official of the civic body said technically, it’s impossible for the corporation to own up the responsibility for the maintenance of aerobic bins installed on a private or purmboke land. It costs a minimum of Rs 40,000 to set up aerobic bins including roof and other structures.
“Majority of the aerobic bins were done using sponsorships and further maintenance is an issue. The civic body will not be able to maintain them, and the private parties should take up the responsibility. In future, it would be a real task to ensure maintenance of the bin. Also, we would have to dismantle the structure if the custodian reclaims the land,” said the official.
Each bin can treat two tonnes of garbage. However, health standing committee chairperson S. Pushpalatha said the ruling front would take the adequate step to ensure further maintenance of the bins.
“We have installed around 240 bins already, and the work of around 70 bins has been kicked off,” she said....